Demand the Immediate Release of Khader Adnan
  • Petitioned Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi

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Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi
Military Judge Advocate General
Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit
Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs
Jeffrey Feltman

Demand the Immediate Release of Khader Adnan

    1. Melissa Lane
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Lane

      Washington, DC

February 2012


It's official! Khader Adnan has reached an agreement with Israeli authorities and ended his hunger strike on day 66. 

Mr. Adnan, a 33 year old baker, was taken from his home in front of his family and pregnant wife on December 18, 2011. On the rare occasion that his family was allowed to see him, he described being subjected to humiliating interrogation tactics, beatings, parts of his beard was torn out and he was not allowed to bathe. Once so weak he needed hospitalization, he was shackled to his bed and handcuffed on trips to the bathroom.

While the major networks waited over a month to begin reporting on his plight, grassroots pressure steadily grew and both the press and elected officials were forced to take notice and act.

As of February 21, 2012, still without charge or a trial, Mr. Adnan has been offered a deal to stop his hunger strike in exchange for being released on April 17th as well as having his record cleared. It should be noted that Israel has tacitly acknowledged that it has no evidence against Mr. Adnan by agreeing to his release without charge. His bravery & tenacity highlight the need for stronger international scrutiny of Israel's interrogation and "administrative detention" policies. It also sheds lights on the hundreds of other administrative detainees currently languishing indefinitely in Israeli prisons without charge or trial.

Khader Adnan, 33, is now on the 65th day of his hunger strike and he has entered the fatal high-risk stage of starvation, where he is risking cardiac arrest and the inevitable shutting-down of major organs. Bobby Sands died on the 66th day of his hunger strike.

Mr. Adnan is currently being held in Zeif Hospital in Safed, Israel. Moving him via ambulance could endanger his life. So an Israeli court will hold an appeal session at the hospital.

The graduate student has been held without charge or trial since his detention on Dec. 17, and subjected to weeks of interrogation sessions and humiliation, his hands tied behind his back on a chair with a crooked back, causing extreme pain to his back. Adnan’s pregnant wife and two daughters visited him Feb. 7. She said his physical condition is horrifying, his clothes haven’t been changed, he hasn’t showered since his arrest, and his teeth and face are blotched.

(For more information see

Visit the Web site of Addameer (Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association) or read below. 

Have you heard about Israel’s horrible treatment of this prisoner or Israel’s routine use of arbitrary administrative detention in your newspaper or TV news? Why not?

Recent signatures


    1. Victory!

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      It's official! Khader Adnan has ended his hunger strike today, his 66th day, in exchange for his release on April 17th and a deal which wipes his record clean.

      You can read about it here:

      Just in case you're worried, yes he CAN survive. Laurence McKeown fasted 70 days in 1981 and is still alive!

      You can still send a letter of support to him and his family here:

      This is such encouraging news and a testament to people power in action.

      Thank you for your action!

      In Solidarity,
      Missy Lane

    2. Deal to end Palestinian's hunger strike

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      A spokesperson for the Israeli Supreme Court told Al Jazeera that based on the deal reached between Adnan's lawyers and the Israeli justice ministry, Adnan will end his hunger strike in return for the supreme court's decision to "erase" his file and release him on April 17.

    3. He is writing history: write a letter to Khader Adnan and his family

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      You can contribute a letter simply by sending your it by email to Put your name and location in the subject line. You can write in English, Arabic or any other language.

    4. Hunger striker Khader Adnan 'near death' in Israeli detention #Day61

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Adnan's father addressed a demonstration outside the hospital in solidarity with Adnan, reporting that his son's morale was high. "He does not undertake this hunger strike for its own sake, but he yearns for freedom for his people, for his countrymen, in order to live with heads held up high, without occupation," Jihad Adnan told protesters.

      According to Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners' support group, detainees in other prisons have also begun refusing food.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Starving for freedom: The hunger strike of #KhaderAdnan #Day60

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      And there has been silence too from prominent voices such Nick Kristof, the New York Times columnist famous for using individual stories to draw attention to human rights abuses around the world. In a 2010 column titled "Waiting for Gandhi", Kristof scolded Palestinians for not adopting nonviolent tactics.

      Of course Kristof was ignoring or simply ignorant of the rich history and present of such popular resistance in Palestine ably documented by Mazin Qumsiyeh in his recent book, Popular Resistance in Palestine: a History of Hope and Empowerment- which includes hunger strikes. Last Autumn hundreds of Palestinian prisoners spent weeks on hunger strike against punitive Israreli prison conditions, and many are on hunger strike now in solidarity with Adnan.

      But if Kristof and others claim to be "waiting for Gandhi" why haven't they spoken up for Adnan?

    7. Randa Adnan: The world must intervene to save my husband

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      A letter from Khader’s cell in the Ramleh prison hospital Saturday seemed resigned to his likely fate. “The only thing I can do is offer my soul to God as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression,” he wrote. “I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on.” On Monday, a military court rejected his appeal and approved his administrative detention.

      Yet Randa seemed to hold onto a glimmer of hope, for her husband’s life and for the world. “Israel denied Khader any fairness or decency,” she said. “But maybe the rest of humanity will show more mercy.”

    8. Khader Adnan on his 59th day, when Francis Hughes died

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Khader Adnan, age 33, is on his 59th day on hunger strike.

      Fifty-nine days was how long it took for Francis Hughes to succumb to his starvation and die. Hughes was one of ten Irish republican prisoners who died during the 1981 hunger strike, calling for the British government to recognize their status as political prisoners.

      Please everyone, let's keep the pressure on!

    9. URGENT: Military court rejects Adnan's appeal in de facto death sentence

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      His wife is asking that everyone please take the action steps listed in the attached article.

      Thank you for your continuted support! It's so critical now.

    10. Khader Adnan is on Day 59. Bobby Sands died on Day 66.

      Melissa Lane
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for continuing to support the release of Khader Adnan.

      Here's a list of more ways to take action:

      1. Call the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC (202) 364-5500 & demand the release of Khader Adnan, who has not been charged with any crime but instead is being held under Administrative Detention.

      2. Call the office of Jeffrey Feltman, Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (202) 647-7209.
      Demand that he bring this issue urgently to his counterparts in Israel.

      3. Contact Israeli authorities :
      Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit Military Judge Advocate General 6 David Elazar Street Harkiya, Tel Aviv Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526 Email:;

      Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam Fax: 011 972 2 530 5741

      Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak Ministry of Defense 37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya Tel Aviv Fax: 011 972 3 691 6940 / 696 2757

    11. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joyce Bacon CORONA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I, like everone, who abhors the Israeli's decades-long criminal inhumanity towards the Palestinians cannot be silent.

      • over 2 years ago

      I am repulsed by the flagrant violation of this man's human rights, the level of inhumanity of this brutal Israeli government as well as the lack of media coverage and indifference of the international community. Shame!

    • Kathryn Mays ANAHEIM, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I can't imagine how many more "nameless" victims are being held under administrative detention and are going unnoticed. Hopefully by bringing light to this particular case, people, especially those in the US, will become more aware of what is happeing in Palestine and Israel that the main stream media does not discuss or inform us of. Here's hoping for a miracle.

    • Ameoz Ben-Aharon HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      The detention of anyone without charge or trial is a crime against humanity that must be opposed by people of conscience everywhere.

    • Pritish Chakraborty FARIDABAD, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      To protest against this inhumane treatment of an innocent man; and to plead to the humanity, if there is any left, in the Israeli government.


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